NH 12 Expansion Project: People Demand Better Compensation

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Mitali BiswasLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict

Aamdanga

,

North 24 Parganas

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

(

)

People Affected by Conflict

19000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

42

ha

State

West Bengal

Sector

Infrastructure

Widening of a section (Koltaka to Dalkhola) of National Highway 12 in West Bengal has been going on since 2009. Work on a part of this section in Amdanga region of North 24 Parganas district is stalled because of compensation related issues. In 2009, the Indian government allocated INR 2,000 crore in the central budget for this work. People in the Amdanga region demand better compensation for their 42 hectares of land that was acquired for the widening. They say that they are not against the highway widening but deserve better compensation and rehabilitation package. According to Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013, people should be paid four times the value of the acquired farmland plus INR 5 lakh per family if there is no job prospect in future or a job to a family member or a monthly annuity of INR Rs.24, 000 per year for 20 years with adjustment for inflation. A newspaper report says that the National Highways Authority of India had handed over the money to the Bengal government, but the government is not distributing the money as per the 2013 act. According to The Committee on Protection of the Rights of the Victims Due to the National Road Expansion, about 19000 families have been affected in this area, which includes some shop owners and footpath dwellers. Sayed Ahmed, secretary of the Committee was quoted in media saying that people will not allow the extension unless they are paid proper compensation. People have protested several times in front of officers of local authorities demanding better compensation.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Private

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Total investment involved (in Crores):

980

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

42

ha

Starting Year

2009

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

National Highways Authority of India, TMC government

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